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Northeast Florida Moving Advice

Getting settled in Northeast Florida...

Relocating to any new place can be overwhelming. However, Northeast Florida is an exceptionally accommodating area for new residents. From the convenience of its major thoroughfares to its central geographical location, new residents consistently find the area to be welcoming as they transition. 

Check out our printable moving checklist to be sure you're ready for your big move. Be sure to talk with your Davidson Realty agent for their time-tested moving advice that will ease your transition.

Motor Vehicle & License Information

The state of Florida requires all new residents to register their vehicle within ten days and obtain a Florida driver’s license within 30 days. If you have an out-of-state driver’s license and it has not expired beyond 30 days, you can convert your license without taking a written or road test.

Before registering your vehicle, you must obtain Florida Auto Insurance and have verification of the VIN number. Florida's minimum coverage is $10,000 of personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 of property damage liability (PDL).

If you are relocating from another Florida town, you can easily renew or replace your Florida driver’s license or vehicle registration, or obtain a paper title, by visiting

Florida Taxes

Florida’s state sales tax is six (6) percent. The state of Florida does not impose a personal income tax. In addition to the county tax structure, each municipality may also levy taxes and require business tax license fees and licenses. Questions? Call the St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Office at 904-209-2250 or visit them online by clicking here.

Florida Homestead Exemption Provision: The Florida Homestead Exemption reduces the taxable value of real property by up to $25,000 and $50,000 for a married couple. Click here for more information on Homestead Exemptions or contact the St. Johns County Property Appraiser's Office at 904-827-5560 for information.

Local Utilities

  • Electricity Service – The majority of St. Johns County residents use Florida Power & Light (FPL) for their utility needs. Visit them online at or call 800-226-3545. Some areas in northern St. Johns County are served by Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), which can be reached at 904-665-6000 or online at Ask your realtor about the service provider for your area.
  • Water & Sewer Service – The St. Johns County Utility Department office requires a $100 deposit and a $30 new service charge (which is added to the first month's bill). Click here to visit the website.
  • Garbage Pick-up Service – St. Johns County’s garbage services and schedules are maintained by service providers. To learn more about your garbage service provider, click here for the Residential Garbage Guide.

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